Our advice around appealing the needs (section B) and/or provision (section F) of an EHC plan. This section will also be helpful if you are appealing the school/setting or type of school/setting named – as the contents of the plan are relevant to the appeal.
It’s always a good idea to continue talking to the local authority about your concerns or any questions you have. Further information will help you decide whether to appeal and should you decide to, will be key when building your case.
Before appealing you must firstly consider mediation, this can be really useful for example where:
- you would like an opportunity to properly discuss your issues and find out more about how the local authority reached their decision
- you have some additional information or a new report you would like to share with the local authority.
- the local authority have omitted to include information provided during assessment
- you believe further assessment is required to determine needs
It is possible following mediation the local authority will agree to amend the plan or arrange further assessment, therefore avoiding an appeal.